Due to Ben Thomas’ sentancing today we are re-releasing our statement from July.
An Important Statement
Ben Thomas pleaded guilty at Mold Crown Court on Friday 17 July 2020 to 40 charges of a sexual nature against children and adults which took place between 1990 and 2019.
He was well known in evangelical circles in Wales and beyond, and was an attendee and volunteer at some of our events. We share the sense of horror, grief, and betrayal of trust that many others are experiencing. We are appalled that people have been deceived and taken advantage of in this way.
We wish to support anyone who has been affected, whether directly or indirectly by Ben Thomas’ criminal activity – our hearts go out to them in their distress.
Prior to his arrest last year, no concerns were ever raised concerning Mr. Thomas’ behaviour at our youth camps, which he attended in the 1990’s and 2000’s, and his arrest was a complete shock to us. We have provided administrative information to help the police with their case. We greatly appreciate the sensitivity, professionalism, and support of their specially trained officers.
The safety of individuals, especially children, young people and the vulnerable have always been at the heart of all our work, and our safeguarding policies can be found on our website (here).
We have set up an experienced team to provide pastoral support who can be reached confidentially on 0800 0016 827 (or 07856285827) or via firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, there is a confidential helpline on 0303 003 11 11 provided by thirtyone:eight, a safeguarding advisory service, who will be able to offer independent support.
Any victims of this type of abuse are encouraged to contact the police on 101.
We continue to pray for justice and mercy and that the Lord would comfort all those who grieve and are hurting.
The Trustees of the EMW